Sunday, October 15, 2017

[Book Review] Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I absolutely loved The Darkest Corners, so when I saw that Kara Thomas had a new book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! This book did not disappoint.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas is an awesome young adult mystery/thriller with dark elements of deception, manipulation, distrust, and jealousy, but also upbeat elements of love and family.

Kara Thomas is such a skilled writer when it comes to YA Suspense and Mystery! I cannot wait to see what she does next!

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. 

My thoughts:
This is another read that I highly recommend you go into as blind as possible. Because of that, I will hit some higher-level things below, but avoid discussing the plot or specifics.

I really love Kara's writing style; it's so easy to read, wonderfully organized, paced perfectly, and she grabs your attention right away. So, needless to say, this book totally captivated me!

While a few of the characters were incredibly unlikable, I thought they were balanced out really well with the likable characters. Each of the characters were all well developed, even though it took quite some time to really feel like you understood who each character really was. Of course, that was done on purpose to help add to the suspense!

The main storyline was occasionally broken up by selections from Bailey's diary. This organization made the mystery element much stronger because you got to see two sides to the story, while also getting information about the past to help clarify the present.

While reading, I kept trying to guess at what had happened... but I never could have figured this one out!

My favorite passages: 
And February. February is just the biggest asshole.
February makes you feel like you’ll never see the sun again.

Tonight, though: tonight is so clear you can count the stars like they’re diamonds.

I’d finally found a version of myself I could with – found a place where I didn’t feel like I had to escape.

But the night doesn’t like to give up secrets. And if Bailey disappeared into it, there might be no telling what happened to her.

The thing about growing up in a town like this is that some people catch boredom like a virus.

That was when I decided that all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.

My final thoughts:
If stories that center a bit around high school drama isn't your cup of tea, you may want to skip this one.

However, if you don't mind the drama, I would definitely recommend this book! I had SO much fun reading this, and would recommend it to fans of YA Mystery/Thrillers!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite YA Suspense novel?


  1. I'm going to see if my library has this. Don't think I'd buy it but it does sound like something I want to try. Great thoughts!

  2. I LOVE books that grab you right away, and I adore the sound of those characters! I think I'll love this book :)

    Great review, Erica.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  3. Sold! Ha ha I've been loving suspenseful thrillers lately and this definitely sounds like a good one. I'll be adding this one to the TBR for sure!

  4. I don't mind a little bit of drama, as long as it isn't too much! Happy to know you enjoyed this one, and I am looking forward to giving it a go. Great review :D

    1. I think you'll really enjoy it!! Can't wait to see your review when get get the chance to pick it up! :)

  5. This is one of those authors I've head of but am yet to read. I'm hoping to get to read this!